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  • Summary: Crash hits the track in his most fast-paced adventure yet - Crash Nitro Kart! Kidnapped by the ruthless Emperor Velo and forced to race in his galactic coliseum, Crash must race his way to victory in order to save the Earth from destruction - but it won't be easy, as he must compete against foes both old and new before a final showdown with Velo himself! Crash Nitro Kart leads the pack by mixing awesome next-gen graphics and gameplay with the playability and fun of classic kart-racing games. [Vivendi Universal] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 24
  2. Negative: 2 out of 24
  1. 90
    While CNK may not break new ground, it does a quality job of delivering another kart racer in Crash’s universe. It will put gamers' mettle to the test and offer hours of "wait, one more time..." gameplay.
  2. Satisfying and challenging at the same time, Crash Nitro Kart is a great way to fill that need for speed. [Holiday 2003, p.46]
  3. Definitely isn’t as good as "Mario Kart," but bring some friends over and you can still have one hell of a fun gaming experience.
  4. It seems Vicarious Visions did all it could to emulate the Naughty Dog classic ["CTR"] and just added a PS2 coat of paint. [Jan 2004, p.114]
  5. If you already own “Crash Team Racing” for PSOne then don’t even bother to rent Crash Nitro Kart. Entire tracks (or large portions thereof) and the same quality graphics/controls/sounds from the 32-bit original have been shamelessly replicated on PS2 with the most minute and inconsequential of improvements.
  6. The sequel plays exactly like its predecessor, in every way that I can think of.
  7. 33
    First of all, there's the asinine boost system. As in the previous game, you must link powerslides to keep your boosts going, forcing you to keep your kart at a 45-degree angle during races. Blech.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 10
  2. Negative: 3 out of 10
  1. PawanS.
    Nov 18, 2003
    This game rocks! The tracks are really creative, and great for a mutliplayer party. Characters and karts are well designed, and the environments are totally immersive. A great social game! Expand
  2. JohnM.
    Dec 7, 2003
    This is a very good game and the levels and characters is brilliant. A brilliant game.
  3. Oct 22, 2010
    Crash Nitro Kart is a decent follow up to the 1999 PlayStation game, Crash Team Racing. The graphics are nice and colourful and the Kart tracks are slightly bigger in scope than Crash Team Racing. The CGI that move the story along are also good and nice to watch. There are a nice amount of racers to choose from Crash Bandicoot to Nitrus Oxide. Most of these racers are great to race with and have different performance statistics like Crash is a good all rounder in terms of speed, acceleration and turning and Tiny is great for Speed and acceleration but not good for turning. The story is simple: This Alien called Emperor Velo the 27th has kidnapped Team Bandicoot (Crash, Coco and Crunch) and Team Cortex (Cortex, N. Gin and Tiny) and force them to compete in his galatic colleseum for their freedom. You have to choose a character and race in 4 hubs (containing 3 races and 1 bonus round) and beat a boss at the end of each hub. The game play is similar to Crash Team Racing: Race around the tracks trying to win and obtain weapons from ? mark crates and shoot at your enemies to slow them down. You can powerslide around corners to take them faster and make your kart hop to get over deep chasms or to get an annoying TNT crate off your head. These weapons range from homing missiles to Tornados that lock onto the racer in first place. Some tracks have environmental traps like pitfalls that activate by running over ! crates. Some of the tracks in CNK also have banked sections and where you drive up upside down instead of the track being on the ground level which is a nice touch. In the campaign mode, theres the usual trophies to collect, Time Trials to beat to unlock either Sapphire, Gold or Platinum relics and CNK tokens which requires the player to collect the letters C, N and K dotted around each track and come in first place (if you have 4 CNK of the same colour, you get to participate in that same coloured gem cup). The new boss characters are ok to race and beat but not likable in terms of personality. The story for CNK isn't as interesting as CTR and there are fewer tracks in this game than there are in CTR which is strange because this is a PlayStation 2 game and CTR is a PlayStation game. I guess, Vicarious Visions got lazy. The overall game play feels slower as well and the music isn't as memorable than in CTR. The audio is below par and can get quite repetitive hearing the same taunts coming out of your kart racer but the voice acting for the nicely CGI cutscenes is good. Crash Nitro Kart suffers from originality like Crash Bandicoot: The Wrath of Cortex but CNK is an enjoyable kart racer but may not appeal to CTR fans.â Expand
  4. Dec 25, 2013
    Nearly identical to Crash Team Racing's, even down to the speed-boosting wumpa fruits.. nothing new. But CTR was gold so what about this? well not so. My main problems with the game are unstable framerate and there is only three tracks per cup. Also game's track design is uninspired for most of time and most tracks are too much like their counterparts in CTR. But if you liked CTR you will enjoy this one also. Expand
  5. Oct 12, 2011
    While it's not the worst kart-racing game in recent years, and has its multiplayer value and variety of quirky characters, power-ups, and race tracks, Nitro Kart is simply a slower and sloppier version of its much better predecessor Crash Team Racing. Expand
  6. Apr 30, 2011
    Though it has its charms, Crash Nitro Kart is a lackluster of innovation, speed, and value. Pros: Rich in visuals; variety of unlockables; the courses are unique. Cons: Lacks any kind of speed; it's the exact same as Crash Team Racing, but worse. Expand
  7. Nov 8, 2013
    In my defense, this game sucks. I hate this game. This game honestly sucks and the graphics are terrible. The controls suck and the characters lack in skill. I hate this game, all in all. Expand

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